H.E.R.O. (an acronym standing for Helicopter Emergency Rescue Operation) is a single-player video game published by Activision. First developed for the Atari 2600 and released in March 1984, the game was ported to many of the home computers and gaming consoles of that era.
The player assumes control of Roderick Hero (sometimes styled as "R. Hero", a play on "our hero"), a one-man rescue team. Miners working in Mount Leone are trapped, and it's up to Roderick to reach them.
The player is equipped with a backpack-mounted helicopter unit, which allows him to hover and fly, along with a helmet-mounted laser and a limited supply of dynamite. Each level consists of a maze of mine shafts that Roderick must safely navigate in order to reach the miner trapped at the bottom. The backpack has a limited amount of power, so the player must reach the miner before the power supply is exhausted.
March 10, 2016 Subject:
Yes. H.E.R.O. ist sure one of the top Games on the VCS Plattform. I still play it today for fun.
June 7, 2015 Subject:
Alguien que me pueda ayudar a jugar. Ya me he dado de alta pero no sé cómo jugar. Por favor una ayudita. Gracias.
April 30, 2015 Subject:
My number two game!
After River Raid , HERO was my second game in my list (third was the pitfall). A great and simple game. Put bombs , find the exit, destroy the monsters, free the man. So simple but very addictive! Poor graphics but stronge game play. The difficulty esclated step by step and the dream to finished it... remain dream unfortunately. At the last levels became very dififcult, but today I have the chance here to do it! Thank you archive.org!
December 30, 2014 Subject:
This is #1
While there are many titles that could be argued as the best for the 2600, this is my personal favorite. After playing the game, it is hard to believe that this console launched with Combat and then evolved to produce this. I like Combat too, but this is something completely different.
The game was ported to more advanced systems (Coleco, C64) and is typically ranked as one of the best games for those as well. This game is really something special.
Some people struggle to find a comparison in other eras to this game, but I always tell people that it is the 2600 proxy for Metroid. Explore caves, discover new paths, and kill (or avoid) creepy monsters while trying not to to fall in lava (er . . . the river). The helicopter pack controls will be new, but they take exactly 10 seconds to get used to.
January 24, 2014 Subject:
My Favorite Atari Game
Okay, you're rescuing guys from a cave. You have a helicopter backpack (cool) laser eyes (cool!) and bombs (Cool.)
You have to blow up/cut through walls, avoid lava, kill bats, and get to the men at the bottom of each cavern with enough life left to get them out.
The early levels are all very easy, but around level 5 things start to get interesting (I remember the first time I knocked the lights out, moving in to a new screen. I freaked out.)
The levels are always presented in the same order (thanks activision :-p) but the gameplay is so much fun that I don't mind playing through a few easy levels every time I sit down. (It helps to sharpen the saw if you haven't played in a while)
The closest modern equivalent to this game is probably Ratchet and Clank (multiple weapons, helicopter backpack) and this game is every bit as much fun as that one.